James William Rappaport
Deputy County Attorney
Pima County Attorney's Office
James Rappaport is a Deputy County Attorney at the Pima County Attorney's Office, where he supervises the Tax and Land Use Litigation Units. His primary practice is eminent domain and inverse condemnation litigation. His past practice areas include insurance defense, appellate litigation, and § 1983 defense for the Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff's Department. He has also prosecuted DUIs both in Pima County Justice Court and Tucson City Court on behalf of the Pima County Attorney's Office.
He has tried cases to state and federal juries, and he has litigated in the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. James was also an instructor for the Sheriff's Department Corrections Academy, where he taught courses in constitutional law and civil rights liability.
He received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in historical musicology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014.
James is the President-Elect of the Pima County Bar Association. He chairs the PCBA Rules Committee and the Tucson City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission. He has been published twice in DePaul University's Issues in Aviation Law & Policy on the subjects of Federal Aviation Act preemption and aviation tort litigation.